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Internal Funding Opportunities


ECU has a number of internal opportunities that provide limited amounts of support to assist you in developing a self-sustaining research and creative activity program. A primary goal of these programs is to support faculty in obtaining preliminary result and compiling competitive external grant & contract proposals.


Start-up Program

Funds are provided to new faculty to assist in establishing self-sustaining research programs. The application is made by the Department when the faculty member is being recruited.


Faculty Senate's Research & Creative Activity Grants

This program provides up to $10,000 for research and creative activities.It is competitive and has a Fall submission date for funding the following Spring.

Faculty Senate's Teaching Grants

This program can fund research projects on new teaching methods.

Research Development Grant Program

Sponsored by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, this seed grant program has a competition in the Spring term, if funds are available. Look for a campus-wide announcement when a new competition is called.


Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program

Seed funds to support collaborative research across units. Competition is held in the Spring for funding July 1 for the next fiscal year. Awards carry and expectation that the teams will submit a major grant for extramural funding within 6 months after the end of the award funding.


Reassignment Grant Program

Funds are provided to reassign a portion of a faculty member's effort from teaching and/or service to research for the express purpose of developing and submitting an application for extramural funding. A definitive funding program and submission deadline must be identified. Competition is held in the Spring for funding during Fall or Spring semesters during the next fiscal year.

Unit Specific Awards

Some units provide small 'grants' to their faculty often based on the outcomes of the Faculty Senate grant competitions, i.e., they will fund some highly ranked but unfunded proposals of these competitions. See your associate dean for research or equivalent for opportunities in your unit.